Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 7 years, 1 month, 23 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: 1st District - Central

District of Incident (Present Day): 001 - Central

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Crash - Motorcycle

Age at Time of Death: 29


Date of Birth: 24 Apr 1940

Date of Appointment: 05 Mar 1962

Date of Incident: 001 - Central

End of Watch: 28 Apr 1969

Date of Interment: 01 May 1969


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Resurrection Catholic Cemetery - Justice, Illinois
 Grave Location: Lot 547, Block --, Section 48
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Not Enshrined

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 10

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 3, Line 19

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 34-E: 7

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed



 Military Service: No Military Record Found


Incident & Biographic Details

Patrolman John Frank Stachnik, Star #6974, aged 29 years, was a 7 year, 1 month, 23 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 1st District – Central.

On April 20, 1969, Officer Stachnik was on duty and riding his 3-wheel police motorcycle Southbound on the 1100 block of South Wabash Avenue. As he was attempting to make a right turn onto 11th Street, the throttle of the 3-wheel motorcycle became stuck. Officer Stachnik was thrown into a traffic control box and struck his head as the motorcycle began to turn over. Officer Stachnik was transported to Mercy Hospital where he underwent brain surgery. He was pronounced dead eight days later on April 28, 1969.

Officer Stachnik was waked at Robert’s Funeral Home located at 2819 South Archer Avenue. He was laid to rest on May 1, 1969 in Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, 7201 Archer Avenue, Justice, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave –, Lot 547, Block –, Section 48.

Patrolman John Frank Stachnik, born April 24, 1940, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on March 5, 1962.

Officer Stachnik was survived by his wife, Madeline (nee Kostecka); children: Carol, age 7 and Sharon, age 6 and parents: Frank and Irene (nee Janik).